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Governors Island is New York City's Newest Trendy Picnic Spot

BY KATE
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7/12/2016

“Governors Island? Is that in the city?”

 

You know exactly what I’m talking about.

Comprised of 172 acres, Governor’s Island sits in between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. If you’re standing alongside the Battery Park Waterfront, you’ll see Castle Williams, a sandstone fort that was built in the nineteenth century and utilized during the Civil War to support the Union Army effort.

Governor’s Island has been used primarily for military purposes, including serving as a United States Coast Guard base during the mid-twentieth century, and has been cut off from public access for most of its existence. In recent years, New York City has devoted to bringing the island into its culture and integrating it into the city that never sleeps.

In the past decade, the island has been home to concerts, art exhibitions, storytelling festivals, poetry festivals and drone tournaments (now that’s a first). You can think of Governor’s Island as an urban life getaway- pushed off to the side of the city with land that offers residents the space for events that would usually be impossible to plan in the other five boroughs.

And here’s the best part:

Starting July 19, 2016, Governor’s Island is going to present its latest project, the Hills. The Hills refers to a design scheme that has transformed the shape of the southern region of the island into four hills, each reaching over eighty feet. The hills are each designated to different themes, aiming to provide the public with a new kind of playground. The design includes: various flora and shrubs, unbeatable views of Lower Manhattan, an art installation and the city’s largest slide.

Here we have it, ladies and gentlemen, a new picnic spot.

Governor’s Island also has Picnic Point, a special area designated for our favorite pastime.

Here’s some things you should know about Governor’s Island before you make the trip:

  • No pets are allowed
  • Governor’s Island is a smoke-free zone
  • Fishing is allowed, but if you’re over 16, don’t forget to bring your NYS fishing license
  • The island is open 10 AM- 6 PM Monday-Friday, and 10 AM- 7PM on Saturday and Sunday
  • Governor’s Island is accessible through ferries that offer transportation daily during island hours between May 28th - September 25th
  • Visitors can catch the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, accessible by the 1, 4, 5 and R subway lines, as well as the M9 and M15 buses. The ferry can also be caught at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, accessible by the 2,3,4,5 and R subway lines, as well as the B63 bus.
  • Both the ferry and the island are wheelchair accessible

This one might be more of a trek, but it’s definitely worth it. And as always, happy picnicking.                                                                                                                          

 

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